Lonestar (album)

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Lonestar
Studio album by Lonestar
Released October 10, 1995 (1995-10-10)
Recorded Soundshop Studio "A"
Genre Country
Length 33:22
Label BNA
Producer Don Cook, Wally Wilson[1]
Lonestar chronology
Lonestar
(1995)
Crazy Nights
(1997)

Lonestar is the self-titled debut album from the American country music band Lonestar. Released in 1995 on BNA Records (see 1995 in country music), it features five singles: "Tequila Talkin'", "No News", "Runnin' Away With My Heart", "Heartbroke Every Day", and "When Cowboys Didn't Dance", of which "No News" was a Number One hit on the Billboard country charts. The album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping 500,000 copies in the United States.

Content[edit]

The album's lead-off single was "Tequila Talkin'", which reached a peak of number eight on the Billboard country charts. Following this song was the band's first number-one hit, "No News" (the B-side to "Tequila Talkin'"), which spent three weeks at the top of the country charts. "Runnin' Away With My Heart" also peaked at number eight, followed by the number 45 "When Cowboys Didn't Dance" (which was much more successful in Canada, peaking at number 18 there), and finally, the number eighteen "Heartbroke Every Day".[2] The latter overlapped on the charts with "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now," a duet between Lonestar's then-lead singer Richie McDonald and Mindy McCready, who also recorded on BNA at the time.[3]

Also included on the album is a cover of Roy Clark's 1982 single "Paradise Knife and Gun Club".

Critical reception[edit]

The album received mixed critical reception. Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it four stars out of five in his Allmusic review, where he called the album's sound "an accomplished and impassioned hardcore honky tonk."[4] Brian Wahlert of Country Standard Time magazine gave a mostly-favorable review, saying that the album was "solid [and] traditional," but also saying "Lonestar seems very similar to Shenandoah — energetic and fun, but not spectacular."[5] Rick Mitchell of New Country magazine gave a one-and-a-half star rating, with his review criticizing the album for relying on a large number of studio musicians and background singers, and calling the sound "lite rock with a twang."[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heartbroke Every Day" (Bill LaBounty, Rick Vincent, Cam King) - 3:07
  2. "Tequila Talkin'" (LaBounty, Chris Waters) - 3:24
  3. "I Love the Way You Do That" (John Rich, Don Cook, Wally Wilson) - 3:51
  4. "Runnin' Away with My Heart" (Michael Britt, Sam Hogin, Mark D. Sanders) - 3:30
  5. "What Would It Take" (Billy Lawson, Sam Hogin, Wilson) - 3:12
  6. "Does Your Daddy Know About Me" (Rich, Larry Boone, Paul Nelson) - 3:01
  7. "Ragtop Cadillac" (Lawson) - 2:30
  8. "No News" (Hogin, Phil Barnhart, Sanders) - 2:53
  9. "Paradise Knife and Gun Club" (Chick Rains) - 3:56
  10. "When Cowboys Didn't Dance" (Richie McDonald, Kyle Green) - 3:58

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[1]

Lonestar[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 11
U.S. Billboard 200 69
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 2
Canadian RPM Country Albums 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lonestar (CD liner notes). Lonestar. BNA Records. 1995. 66642. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 244. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, p. 267
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Lonestar - Lonestar". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  5. ^ Wahlert, Brian. "Lonestar - Lonestar". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  6. ^ Mitchell, Rick (November 1995). "Album reviews". New Country 2 (14): 58. ISSN 1074-536X.